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elections, is thinking fast or has been over the past two weeks of the popularity threshold and angela merkel has been riding and both of their parties are dithering. the sbc slightly inching higher and the sdu inching lower and they're both losing ground in a grander scale. it's the small parties that are the winners, definitely the green wes a record high of over 13%. they're the ones that won the election and lost it for the cdu, not stoeshl democrats themselves. and the liberals, the sdp, many had counted them out and there was an expectation or there was a fear for some that they couldn't even make the century hurdle that you need to get into parliament. they beat that. about you also for the personality ratings and the criticism on a federal scale, but that was his home turf so there was a lot of sympathy vote going in there. the big parties will have to look carefully for coalition partners. the social democrats will try to align themselves with the green that might not be enough. the stronger the greens get, the more the social democrats usually lose and something similar you h
banks are putting in. we're through the u.s. elections, ahead of the debt ceiling debate. in some sense there isn't an immediate crisis. it's a question now whether ceos can get through the real economic fundamentals. in some ways we're betwiked and between, kelly. >> i like the scarf, ross. >> yeah. that's the point. look, there's plenty to come on our coverage today. let me recap some of the people we're going to be talking to. john lipinski, formerly of the imf. and hamish tyrwhitt, construction group out of australia. we saw rates dip a little today. suggesting there's room to cut rates. and the executive dean of peking university. we're more relaxed about china, more relaxed than three or four months ago. we'll get the inside there. all of that is coming up on today's "worldwide exchange." how are the markets looking? >> perfect. we'll check the markets in a second. i want to bring news out of the bank upon spain saying fourth quarter gdp was down 1.not -- 1.7% drop, it was .6 drop. pretty large. and 2012 gdp down 1.3%, down from a contraction of 0.4% in 2011. more difficult news f
shifting to the government itself and the government is looking ahead to an election, as we talked about many, many times. and here becomes the tricky part because they're trying to embark on structural reforms, they're talking about tax reforms, as well. this will be a multi layered process and hopefully they'll be in power long enough to deliver some of those changes. i think the market was expecting for the bank of japan to come in .deliver everything that was going to solve all of japan's problems after decades of recession, then they were probably misguided. but for the moment, the reaction we're getting from people who were watching japan is they probably took as many steps as they could today to try and address this decision. >> kaori, stay with us. ed, welcome. you just heard a little bit of the back and forth. what's your own opinion here on what the boj has or hasn't delivered? >> good morning. thanks very much for having me on the show. my opinion is i completely agree with everything kaori said. even more than that, i would say to the viewing audience, look, this is the crame
saying. we've got essentially five years -- this is david cameron wins the next election before we hit the referendum, it will make businesses consider their investment opportunities. is that fair or not? >> i think the overlying reality is the uncertainty of our potential future in europe comes from the democratic position in the uk and that's regardless is a fact today. people are uncertain about what the shape of the club that we now belong to? and is it the same one that we joined? but i think the democratic deficit or this oh a sigz of people is the underlying issue. so doing something about that by saying, let's get clear the shape of the eu we do want. what is the shape of that? that has to be about the single market, about a more competitive europe. and that is something that i think they can take back and say that's a good thing for britain. and so i think you have to move towards it because the uncertainty is there today and those businesses will reflect that, anyway. i don't think illustrate necessarily changes. >> have you seen any changes in terms of the economic landscape
easier than when you're trying the win midterm elections. >> the first report on january consumer sentiment is out at 9:55 a.m. eastern. forecasts call for a reading of 75.5 up three points from december. we'll look at earnings from general electric, morgan stanley, schlumberger, johnson controls, state street and suntrust bank. >>> the outgoing treasury secretary, whose last day on the job is january 25th, tells "the wall street journal" the u.s. is well ahead of other countries in balancing the financial system. geithner says the u.s. has more diversity of strength from energy to high tech and the public should find comfort and optimism in that. but, rob, the public is not finding much optimism, are they? >> they shouldn't, given that we didn't get the fiscal cliff deal that we thought we did on january 1st. we got a mini deal. it looks like rubbish. they shouldn't be desperately optimistic. other things are going right. stock prices have been reasonably buoyant. the gas prices are going to pick up again. consumer sentiment, i wouldn't be getting too carried away. >> do you agre
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